Our Work

Changing Gaits, Inc. in a Faith Based diversified Equine Assisted Addiction Services (EAAS) and is committed to teaching, guiding, and encouraging positive attitudes, behavior modification, and life skills by using a powerful, therapeutic approach though the healing bond with horses, not only for substance abuse, but also for individuals needing social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive actions, etc.  This also works well for teams to learn better ways to communicate. EAAS is based on OK Corral techniques, and is effective for all ages (children, teenagers, adults, families, groups) to learn:

Creative thinking, Assertiveness, Relationship building, Self-esteem, Problem solving, Leadership, Teamwork, Positive attitude, Verbal and non-verbal communication, Social interaction, and Repetitive actions.

Briefly, EAAS is an emerging field in which horses are used to assist for emotional growth and learning to address issues related to substance abuse, along with problems in communication, relationships, behavior, and all Life Skill issues (attached). It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse specialist who work together to design sessions that require the client to apply certain skills while participating in activities with the horse. EAAS is not riding or horsemanship: in fact, 90% of the activities with the horse take place on the ground and require the participant to apply certain skills, i.e., non-verbal communication, creative thinking, and problem solving through processing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This form of therapy has been proven to bring faster results than traditional treatment/counseling alone, as the participants learn very quickly about themselves and are able to relate the exercises they perform with the horses to real-life situations. Some of the more than 200 exercises include:

Temptation Alley Obstacle Course: Involves leading a horse through an alley with the hay on one side and apples on the other side, without letting the horse eat. This activity is done without touching the horse. Helps determine the obstacles in our lives that keep us from being emotionally healthy.
Life’s Little Obstacles: Leading a horse over a jump without touching or talking to it. Used to learn new ways of non-verbal communication.

Demonstrations are available – Call for details!    Office  320-438-4001

Changing Gaits, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization. Our number is 20-8039907
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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